Euronews looks to CIS

Walid ArfushEuronews has appointed Walid Arfush to the new position of development manager for the CIS region.

Based in Kiev, he will support the growth of Euronews through commercial partnerships and take part in expanding distribution on all available platforms (cable, satellite, ADSL, internet) as well as promote Euronews content and services in different countries.

Arfush will also manage the coordination of the Ukrainian version of Euronews, which he initiated, and which was launched world-wide in 2011 in partnership with NTU (Ukrainian national television company).

The Russian version of Euronews has been available in the region for 10 years as a 24/7 Russian edition and its reputation was further strengthened in 2011 with the opening of a permanent Euronews office in Kiev, and with the launch of the 24/7 Ukrainian edition.

Arfush was the founder of the Euronews Ukraine project, set up in partnership with the NTU.

In his previous position he was also the NTU representative to the Euronews general shareholders meeting.

Commenting on the appointment, Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, said: “I am extremely happy to welcome Walid Arfush to our team as we push forward our expansion in the CIS region. The arrival of Walid represents an important step in the development of Euronews in one of the most strategically important regions. I am happy that this potential growth will also help to reinforce our presence in the region from the Euronews base in Kiev, Ukraine”.

Wald Arfush added: “I am especially happy to be part of Euronews, a channel I’ve been following since its creation 20 years ago. I truly believe in the Euronews model and in its ability to quickly become a key media channel in the CIS and neighbouring States. Having taken part in the creation and launch of the Ukrainian edition, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to this new stage of development for Euronews, whose qualities I am convinced of, in a region that I know and love so well.”